Century old water markets in Oman

Slim Zekri, Dennis Powers, Abdullah Al-Ghafri

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Abstract

Water rights in Oman were instituted centuries ago and are still active. These water rights are treated similarly to real property rights since they are sold, rented, and inherited independently of the land on which water is used. In most of the observed irrigation schemes, water auctions are present. The common water rights are mostly leased. The paper discusses the efficiency of these auction markets as well as the revenue generation and equity. The paper also provides an analysis of quantitative data on Falaj auction markets through a case study of Falaj Belfae. During periods of low supply water prices increase drastically. It has been observed that water prices might increase 200-folds during periods of scarcity. The benefits of water markets revert to the farmers’ community through a well maintained irrigation system. However during periods of water abundance observed water prices are below their long run marginal value. This is explained mainly by the absence of engineering mechanisms to prevent the groundwater from flowing to the surface and prevents its conservation for drought periods. In this sense the water market has not been sufficient to trigger the adoption of water saving technology at the supply level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Issues in Water Policy
PublisherSpringer
Pages149-162
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameGlobal Issues in Water Policy
Volume11
ISSN (Print)2211-0631
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0658

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Oman
water
market
auction
irrigation
property rights
irrigation system
equity
right of ownership
drought
water supply
water management
revenue
fold
farmer
engineering
conservation
groundwater
supply

Keywords

  • Community market
  • Falaj
  • Irrigation maintenance
  • Water auction
  • Water demand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Zekri, S., Powers, D., & Al-Ghafri, A. (2014). Century old water markets in Oman. In Global Issues in Water Policy (pp. 149-162). (Global Issues in Water Policy; Vol. 11). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9081-9_8

Century old water markets in Oman. / Zekri, Slim; Powers, Dennis; Al-Ghafri, Abdullah.

Global Issues in Water Policy. Springer, 2014. p. 149-162 (Global Issues in Water Policy; Vol. 11).

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Zekri, S, Powers, D & Al-Ghafri, A 2014, Century old water markets in Oman. in Global Issues in Water Policy. Global Issues in Water Policy, vol. 11, Springer, pp. 149-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9081-9_8
Zekri S, Powers D, Al-Ghafri A. Century old water markets in Oman. In Global Issues in Water Policy. Springer. 2014. p. 149-162. (Global Issues in Water Policy). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9081-9_8
Zekri, Slim ; Powers, Dennis ; Al-Ghafri, Abdullah. / Century old water markets in Oman. Global Issues in Water Policy. Springer, 2014. pp. 149-162 (Global Issues in Water Policy).
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